Posts Tagged ‘shopping’

The Melty, Melty Shopping Carts of Our World-Famous Marina Safeway, Precariously Balanced

Thursday, September 19th, 2013

But is it art?

Halle Barry’s Safeway, Somewhere in the Bay Area

Wednesday, July 3rd, 2013

It’s papa-paparazzi-free.

Nobody bugs her there – the people at the store know not to.

Isn’t that nice?

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Apparently, Twitter Doesn’t Need This Mid-Market Bus Stop, So Out it Comes: “Rider Alert, Stop Discontinued”

Wednesday, January 23rd, 2013

Market Street inbound, near Sixth Street – the place where white women will soon be trying on fragile, expensive shoes:

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Now you’d think Twitter might want to have more bus stops in the corrupt Twitterloin, but the Twitter Express #1 (privately-funded) and the Twitter Express #2 (publicly-funded) both avoid this area when coming and going to and from the CalTrain station.

Oh well.

OMG, America’s Largest MUJI Store Opening November 30th in SoMA – High Design, Low Prices – Free Goodie Bags!

Wednesday, November 14th, 2012

With love from Japan comes MUJI.

It‘ll be your new favorite store.

Your free “My Bag” won’t be as lilac as this, but it will contain a free goodie for you, assuming you’re one of the first 1000 customers on Nov 30th:

All the deets:

“MUJI SOMA will open on November 30, 2012.

New York, NY, November 14th, 2012, MUJI U.S.A. LIMITED announces its opening date of SOMA store, which has been set to November 30, 2012, the first MUJI store to open on the West coast. Located at 540 9th street, San Francisco, MUJI SOMA will open from 11:00a.m. to 8:00p.m. during its first day of operation.

With approximately 7,250 square feet of retail floor space, MUJI’s first store on the West coast will offer over 2,000 items of MUJI products, including about 1,700 items of Household and 300 items of Apparels. After the first day of opening, the store will open regularly from 10:30a.m. to 8:00p.m. from Monday to Saturday, 11:00a.m. to 6:30p.m. on Sundays.
Giveaways for the opening day

MUJI is dedicated to reducing waste and conserving resources. In this spirit, MUJI encourages its customers to use My Bag in order to reduce waste that results from the use of paper or plastic bags at MUJI store. For its special giveaways, MUJI will offer an exclusive My Bag with map of San Francisco for the first 1,000 customers who come to the store on the opening day. There will be a MUJI gift inside of the bag. MUJI plain My Bag will be offered starting at $1 after the opening.

For further information, please contact: press@muji.com

MUJI offers good quality products at reasonable prices, which include a wide variety of stationeries, household items and apparel. Mujirushi Ryohin, MUJI in Japanese, translates as “no-brand quality goods”. The value of the MUJI product is in its effectiveness without the renowned brand or designer name. The essence of MUJI products lies in its simplicity, flexibility and modesty to fit different life styles and individual preferences. MUJI, originally founded in Japan, does not direct its products to be affected by any trends and “isms”, rather does aim to be universally relevant. MUJI products maintain reasonable price levels, not by compromising quality, but by avoiding the waste typical of many products’ manufacturing and distribution in the form of unnecessary functionality, an excess of decoration, and needless packaging.

MUJI U.S.A. LIMITED is the U.S. subsidiary of Ryohin Keikaku Co., Ltd. which is MUJI’s corporate entity incorporated in Japan. Since its founding in 1980, MUJI has expanded around the world and has 372 stores in Japan, 163 stores in other countries (as of Feb, 2012) including Asia, Europe. Ryohin Keikaku Co., Ltd., is a publicly owned company traded on the Tokyo Stock Exchange (ticker number: 7453) with $2.2 billion in sales in 2011.”

Your Government at Work: San Francisco Department of the Environment Hands Out Free Shopping Bags at Lucky?

Wednesday, October 17th, 2012

OK fine.

This is what outreach looks like:

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I don’t know, I think if I wanted another shopping bag I’d hustle over to Costco and get four big-ass bags for like $4-something.

I mean, play big or stay home, right?

Anyway, SFGov had some events where they’d give away a bunch of bags but I couldn’t figure out when/where on the official website so I didn’t tell you all about it.

And I’ll tell you, I’m already buying less stuff per shopping trip owing to the bag ban, but that’s just me. Pretty soon, I’ll remember to schlep around with more bags more better…

And I’ll tell you, I don’t want to know what neo-corporate logos are on the bags themselves, you know, paid for by the Chubb Group or whatehaveyou.

I think I’m saying no thanks to your worthless freebie shopping bags, SFGov.

San Francisco Welcomes South Korean Navy – Gangam Style on Market Street – Shopping at Macy’s

Wednesday, October 3rd, 2012

Here they are:

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[UPDATE: Upon further review, these aren't Chinese naval uniforms after all:

At first I thought they could have been from the Chinese People's Liberation Army Navy.

And oh, look what's on the PLAN's to-do list:

See that? In addition to taking over Japanese islands (the Senkakus and others), the neo-Imperial Chinese Navy wants to take over Vietnamese, Malaysian, Filipino, and Bruneian islands as well. And don't forget about Taiwan.

But we're being visited by a South Korean ship so it's all good.]

Whatever You Do, DON’T Move Into the Fillmore Center Apartment Homes at 1475 Fillmore in the Western Addition

Thursday, August 30th, 2012

At the very least, you owe it to yourself to read the Yelp and ApartmentRatings reviews before you move in.

Oh look, they have a shuttle bus – it’s a like a private MUNI #38 Geary just for you and your fellow victims:

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But even so, Whatever You Do, DON’T Move Into the Fillmore Center Apartment Homes at 1475 Fillmore in the Western Addition.

In closing, Whatever You Do, DON’T Move Into the Fillmore Center Apartment Homes at 1475 Fillmore in the Western Addition.

PS: Whatever You Do, DON’T Move Into the Fillmore Center Apartment Homes at 1475 Fillmore in the Western Addition

Good News: We’ve Found Your Stolen Bicycle on Market Street! But, Uh Oh

Monday, August 27th, 2012

Bad News: It’s all in pieces in a shopping cart driven by a man with all sorts of tools at hand.

See?

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That’s how it goes on the Mean Streets of San Francisco, the innovation capital of the world, or something.

Icebreaker, That Upscale Merino Wool Designer Where Orlando Bloom Buys His Underwear, Opens in San Francisco

Saturday, November 26th, 2011

[UPDATE - Here's the official spiel:

"Icebreaker makes Outdoor, Running, Cycling, Travel, Kids, Underwear and Lifestyle apparel from handpicked merino wool born in the Southern Alps of New Zealand. It's non-itch, easy to wash, lightweight, versatile, easily packable and no-stink (because merino is naturally anti-mircrobrial, you can wear it for days ow weeks without a wash).

Sustainability has been part of Icebreaker's ethos since the start. It has strict animal welfare and farm standards, and has a traceability program (called "Baacode") that enables people to use a unique code sewn inside their garment to trace the fiber back to the sheep stations that grew it all the way through its supply chain."

And OMG, it's "Ramotaur" and "Nature Girl" on the streets of SF:

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And one last thing:

"Ramotar will be appearing next weekend Friday, Saturday, Sunday, 12/2-12/4, 12pm-3pm, fliers in key SF locales, Union Square, Embarcadero, Ferry Building, etc. Also Friday and Saturday, 12/9-12/10, 12pm-3pm in the same locales."

O.K. then.]

So Icebreaker is that fashionable merino wool store from New Zealand where actor Orlando Bloom goes shopping for woolens

sometimes along with his gf, model Miranda Kerr:

Well guess what, this was the week that Icebreaker opened its first “TouchLab” store in Northern California. It’s down at 170 Post in Union Square.

See?

OMG, is that a wool chandelier?

All right, find out about the landlord, Grosvenor Americas, after the jump.

See you there!

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Christmas on Sixth Street! At Long Last, Our City Family Puts Up Lighted Snowflakes from Lower Market to Mid-Market

Tuesday, November 15th, 2011

This is unprecedented.

This is the City Family extending the Market Street lighted Christmas snowflake zone all the way to Mid-Market.

See?

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They used to stop at 5th Street, but now they don’t – they go farther this year.

Hurray!

Won’t this please our corporate overlords at Twitter? (Probably not, but, you know, can’t hurt to try.)

All right, come to the annual lighting ceremony with the Mayor this Thursday evening, if you want:

“Snowflakes on Market – Lighting Ceremony
Nov. 17, 2011 through mid-January 2012

More than 140 five-foot-wide energy-saving LED illuminated snowflakes will decorate Market Street’s signature “Path of Gold” light poles this winter from Second to Sixth streets. A lighting ceremony, featuring dancers from the San Francisco Ballet’s Nutcracker, is scheduled for Nov. 17 at 6 p.m. near the cable car turnaround at Powell and Market streets. The event is free and open to the public. For information, visit www.marketstreetassociation.org

It will go a little something like this, probably.

Dixitque Gavin fiat lux, et facta est lux:

Those are Nutcracker-starring “Snowflakes” from the San Francisco Ballet. (The run starts up again December 9th this year.) Jessica Carter is the snowflake in the middle, so I’m told.

Happy Holidays!